Desoto County News

DeSoto Arts Institute invites enrollments for Film School

By Bailee Harris

DeSoto Arts Institute (DAI), a non-profit media arts training organization founded by Robb Smith, is offering a unique opportunity for aspiring filmmakers. 

In its second year, the Film School at DAI commences on February 6, 2024, offering experience in film production, video production, screenwriting, acting, and audio production. Students will learn about filmmaking within the authentic setting of a professional film studio environment. The program will span from February 6 to October 22, offering over 130 hours of classroom instruction and hands-on training. 

Leading most of the lessons is Robb Smith, bringing 15 years of experience in film and corporate video. Additionally, students will benefit from the insights of DAI Film School alumni. 

The monthly investment is $199 per student, with classes scheduled on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Further enhancing the learning journey are monthly Saturday morning workshops. There are currently 30 openings available for students aged 16 and up. Early birds can enjoy 10% off by opting for the up-front payment, while those choosing automatic payments receive a 5% discount. 

DAI also extends an invitation to potential sponsors to support scholarships and discounts. Partnerships with churches, non-profits, and local businesses are encouraged to contribute to the growth of aspiring filmmakers. 

For a deeper look into DeSoto Art Institute’s Film School, visit 

For inquiries, reach out to

Bailee Harris is a reporter and contributor for DeSoto County News. 

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